Jack, I just answered part of this in some detail on a response to another article. All of the tedious ‘but on the other hand’ and ‘we’re not sure’ is the result of federal level political corruption. LIfe is good and Congress is filled with millionaires. They are not threatened. Other people die far away or on the southern border.
I’ve been saying for a long time that this will require action outside the safe zone of what has been done before. Confessed criminals need to be rounded up and detained. Their positions need to be filled with honest people until the electoral system can be fixed with all rigging, voter suppression, and gerrymandering removed.
If this doesn’t happen then it is over. The correction will be the breakup of the union. California and the west coast will go first and then the other metropolitan regions. I don’t have any feel for what will happen at that point.
Farther down the road I’m betting that the successful metropoles will be so busy struggling with climate and migration that they may not be willing to deal with the banana dictatorships. Those will descend into warlordism and starvation adding insult to climate injury and sending hundreds of thousands of refugees toward the coasts.
I do think this will go fast now. It certainly seems that we have hit the tipping point. The future of the US and North America will be decided in the next two months. Either emergency action is taken to save the union based on the exiting constitution or it starts moving apart. That has been happening for the last couple of years.
Just to be clear, I am not making a value judgment on saving the union or breaking it up. To survive in the changing world I think city states (metropoles) will be the basic administrative unit. People feel positive about their city and local governments, allowing for grumbling and the usual corruption. Those have to focus on what their populations need and want.
So, the survival of the US for a few more years will simply delay what will happen eventually. The need for non-political administration in the climate crisis will put efficiency first for survival. Too many people are still ignoring this now and their vision of the future is badly distorted.